Identity is an ambiguous complex that evolves throughout each individuals’ life. It develops as we grow and learn through our lived experiences. Identity is something that I believe is never at rest, throughout my academic career this has proven to be true. As I am introduced to and educated in the history of my ancestors, los Mestizos, the doors to a whole new part of who I am opened up. My perspectives changed, my attitudes and beliefs shifted and the passion for my culture sparked. I was a young lady, a student, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a spouse, however now, I am altogether that and much more. I belong to a history, a people, a culture. I am not only me, I am all of us, I now represent part of that everlasting image of those who have sacrificed, suffered, protested, and represented the entire community of Mestizos and their Chicanx offspring.
I use my interpretation of Coatlicue, the Aztec goddess, as a representation of my identities’ continuous evolving state. The mother of the sun, the moon and the stars. The mother who creates and destroys, she is powerful. Like her, I create new and transparent narratives of my history through my art, in an attempt to destroy negative stereotypes and perspectives perpetuated by the non Chicanx population. I believe with the strength and admiration given to the female figure in the past I can prevail now in the present. I tie my identity with my beginnings and by doing so I can become a voice for my community and create my own protests while embracing every inch of who I am and will become.